HANCOCK – Cindy Ransom was recognized as the 2012 winner of the Gertrude Decker Hellman Excellence in Nursing Award Wednesday afternoon at Portage Health.
Cindy Ransom (middle) poses with the plaque recognizing the winners of the Gertrude Decker Hellman Excellence in Nursing Award. Standing with Ransom is, from left, Inpatient Unit Manager Paula Polso, Vice President of Patient Services Deb Young, Susan Lines, who founded the award in memory of her mother, and President/CEO Jim Bogan.
“What’s perhaps most amazing about what Cindy has done is that she has retained the passion for bedside nursing and compassion for her patients since she began working here on March 17, 1976,” said Paula Polso, inpatient unit manager. “We are so proud and happy to recognize one of our very best.”
The award was founded in 2005 in honor of Gertrude Decker Hellman, who had been a patient at Portage Health. It’s presented each year to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in the provision of patient care. Patients and their family members nominate candidates for the award.
“I feel very honored,” Ransom said. “These nurses I share this honor with are people I’ve worked with and looked up to my entire career, all of them have been so deserving.”
The award was presented by Polso, Vice President of Patient Services Deb Young, President/CEO Jim Bogan, and Susan Lines, the daughter of Gertrude Decker Hellman.
“Mother felt that nurses had a nature of being caring, efficient and dedicated, and they weren’t sufficiently thanked for their contribution,” Lines said. “She said to us, ‘The doctors many times perform miracles, but the nurses are angels that bring you back to health.’”
The award was part of Portage Health’s annual service awards ceremony. Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years received recognition. In total more than three-dozen employees were named, totaling more than 870 years of service at Portage Health.